News from Scout supporters Le Vieux Pin & Lastella
Oliver, BC | Following pivotal provincial law changes relevant to Canada’s wine industry, celebrate with two of the South Okanagan’s most forward-thinking wineries, as the wine community enters into a remarkable new chapter. Join LaStella and Le Vieux Pin this summer in raising a glass to the decision-makers, and enjoy a 10% saving and free shipping for online orders this August.
The landmark passing of Bill C311 allows the provincial governments of Canada the ability to establish rules permitting residents to order wine produced in another provinces online, and have it shipped directly to their homes. To mark this historic decision, visit either LaStella or Le Vieux Pin online and purchase a minimum of 12 bottles, receive 10% off, and the winery will ship it to your home or place of business free of charge. Cases can be mixed and matched from the white, rosé and red wines available, enter code “celebrate” at checkout to receive the discount.
The celebrations continue on August 17th and 18th when La Stella and Le Vieux Pin host oenophiles and foodies alike at two distinct dinners that epitomize la dolce vita and the bounty of locally sourced Okanagan Valley produce. These events will sell out and only very few spaces remain. Read more
by Andrew Morrison | The thing about pieces of junk old English cars is that you can’t keep them garaged. You need to drive them fast over long distances from time to time or they get offended. If they get angry, which isn’t out of the ordinary, they can demand $4000 to pass on to a wily mechanic named Felix who finds it no end of amusing that you don’t know the first thing about automobiles (like stubborn horses, they just won’t go unless you feed them). It was with that in mind that I politely declined to join a gaggle of journalists with my wife on a flight up to the South Okanagan. I’d much prefer to drive the 792km round trip, and nevermind that it was going to be so hot that reptiles would burn and Pirelli rubber would turn to Bovril. Some carefully considered music and an unreliable sunroof would help me ignore such things, and in case the brittle engine decided to suddenly get cruelly interesting, there was a bottle of 2009 Blended Coolant from Chateau Canadian Tire in the trunk. Read more
News from Scout supporters Le Vieux Pin & Lastella
Le Vieux Pin & Lastella are offering an exclusive 2 bottle, 6 bottle & 12 bottle gift packages to enhance anyone’s holiday season. With a choice of reds & whites customize your gift to create the perfect wine combination… Read more
News from Scout supporters Le Vieux Pin and LaStella
We take the environment very seriously; and to protect what Mother Nature has provided us with we maintain the following practices… Read more
The People That Make It Happen
Viticulturist and Winemaker: Severine Pinte
Vineyard Manager: Jody Subotin
General Manager: Rasoul Salehi
LaStella was created to capture our vision of la dolce vita: fine food, wonderful wine, great music, and the good things in life. At LaStella, we celebrate the sun that ripens our grapes and brings warmth to our life, and we share that with everyone who visits us.
LaStella is situated at Osoyoos Lake in the sunny South Okanagan valley of beautiful British Columbia. Here our vineyards produce great fruit and we craft them into such proprietary wines as Allegretto, Vivace and Maestoso. Each wine has its own story — and to convey this unique story we name our wines after Italian musical motifs.
LaStella has assembled an all-star cast to lead the production of BC’s best wines. Head winemaker and viticulturist Severine Pinte, Vineyard Manager Jody Subotin and General Manager Rasoul Salehi work tirelessly to deliver award winning wines vintage after vintage.
Please visit the winery when you visit the Okanagan and join our email newsletter for the latest news from wine country. Visit us online at www.lastella.ca on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lastellawinery and twitter at twitter.com/lastella_winery.
LaStella was created to be the embodiment of the Tuscan way of life. For us, we are making more than wine. We are making our own fun. We are making something different yet reassuringly familiar.
LaStella is situated at Osoyoos Lake in the South Okanagan valley of beautiful British Columbia. The winery opened its doors in May 2007 with its first vintage of 2006. This included Vivace Pinot Grigio, Lastellina Rosato, Allegretto Merlot (Pie Franco) and the very low yield, highly complex Maestoso Merlot.
In 2008, 4 clones of Brunello (Sangiovese Grosso) have come to production. Soon the super Tuscan expression from the Okanagan will come to life.
In the Vineyard
Fortunately for us (and you), the Okanagan valley happens to be one of the best wine regions with its unique climate and variety of latitudes and soils. There is a perceptible difference in temperature and greenery, from the lushness of the north to the sage ridden desert in the south.
According to WineBC, the area between Oliver and Osoyoos is the northernmost tip of the northern most desert in the world; Sonora Desert. Summers are generally very hot with July and August being warmer than Napa Valley, but the evenings are markedly cooler. Osoyoos has 1450 growing degree days and 8 inches of average annual rainfall (WineBC.com). Low rainfall, high heat units and a dry environment allow us to farm in a sustainable manner with all the respect the land deserves.
In the vineyards we do a blend of organic and biodynamic practices, which we call ‘non-interventionism’. Along with our sister winery; Le Vieux Pin, we have around 50 acres of small parcel, prime vineyards in Oliver’s Golden Mile and Black Sage Bench as well as vineyards at Osoyoos lake. We have very distinct soil composition in our vineyards that result in very unique and distinctive wines. We also contract grapes from quality minded growers who grow organically and sustainably. We practice low input viticulture and employ dry farming. As a result our yields are very low and help concentrate the flavours and complexities in the fruit. Our average yield is 2 tons per acre and for some of our wines as low as 1 ton per acre, compared to the widely accepted 4-8 tons per acre yields used with quantity focused producers.
In addition to the above, the underpinning of our success is passion, friendship, dedication and commitment to excellence.
the following wineries are Scout supporters…
2385 Allendale Rd, RR#1 Site 3 Comp 4 | Okanagan Falls BC | 250-497-8244 | www.bluemountainwinery.com | Blue Mountain is a family run vineyard and winery located in the picturesque South Okanagan Valley…EXPLORE BLUE MOUNTAIN
5445 Lakeshore Road | Kelowna | MAP | 250-764-8866 | www.cedarcreek.bc.ca | After over 20 years of wine growing experience, we believe that we have the right varietals planted in the right sites. We grow the…EXPLORE CEDARCREEK ESTATE WINERY
2730 Aikins Loop | Naramata BC | 250.496.5522 | elephantislandwine.com | Fusing classic wine making processes with an unconventional line-up of fruits – Stella cherries, organic Bartlett pears, Goldrich apricots…EXPLORE ELEPHANT ISLAND
2825 Naramata Rd, Site 5 Comp 4, Naramata BC | 1-866-422-5643 | 250-496-0073 | www.joiefarm.com | JoieFarm is owned and operated by Heidi Noble & Michael Dinn and is located on their farm on the beautiful…EXPLORE JOIEFARM
1548 Naramata Road | Penticton, BC | Tel: 250-493-8466 | www.laughingstock.ca | Located on the picturesque Naramata Bench, Laughing Stock Vineyards is a serious enterprise with a lighthearted attitude….EXPLORE LAUGHING STOCK VINEYARDS
8123-148th Avenue, Osoyoos, BC | 250-495-8180 | www.lastella.ca | LaStella was created to be the embodiment of the Tuscan way of life. For us, we are making more than wine. We are making our own fun…EXPLORE LA STELLA
34070-73th Street Oliver, BC | 250-498-8388 | www.levieuxpin.ca | Le Vieux Pin named after the majestic old pine tree on the northwest corner of our vineyard is situated on the East Bench of Oliver, in the South…EXPLORE LE VIEUX PIN
1730 West Bank Rd, West Kelowna, BC | 250-768-7611 | www.missionhillwinery.com | Located in the heart of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, Mission Hill Family Estate is a family-owned winery…EXPLORE MISSION HILL
RR1 S14 C13 -1285 Smethurst Rd, Naramata, BC | 250-496-5962 | nicholvineyard.com | Nichol Vineyard, known among Canadian wine lovers in the know, has been operating in Naramata Village in BC using…EXPLORE NICHOL VINEYARD
54 East 4th Ave | Vancouver, BC | MAP | 604-874-2537 | rbbrewing.com | R&B Brewing Co. has always been, and will always be, just about as independent a microbrewery as you’ll come across…EXPLORE R&B BREWING CO.
1015 Marine Dr, North Vancouver | 604-682-4733 | www.redtruckbeer.com | The Red Truck Beer Company is a Vancouver-based craft microbrewery. We make two signature beers: Red Truck Ale, a rich…EXPLORE RED TRUCK BEER CO.
13140-316A Ave., Oliver BC | Toll free: 866.498.8330 | www.road13vineyards.com | Road 13 is the location of our winery and two of our vineyard sites: the Home and the Castle. Our land was first cultivated in…EXPLORE ROAD 13
7148 Orchard Grove Lane, Oliver BC | Toll Free: 888-598-2226 | www.stoneboatvineyards.com | Located along a winding country lane in Oliver, BC, on the rocky soils of the lower Black Sage Bench…EXPLORE STONEBOAT
1045 Millar Creek Road, Whistler, BC | 604-731-2900 | www.whistlerbeer.com | At the Whistler Brewing Company, we share a passion for creating unique, world-class craft brewed beers. Using traditional brewing…EXPLORE WHISTLER BREWING CO.